Video: Foster care for fowl From Chicago to Houston to South Portland, Maine, the urban chicken movement has taken hold. More and more city folks are raising the birds right in their own backyards.3:48 p.m.
Minnesota reports 3 more deaths from H1N1 Three more Minnesota residents have died from
complications of the swine flu, including two children less than 7 years old. All three had underlying health conditions.4:45 p.m.
New flu hotline seeing heavy usage Long wait times or busy signals have been reported one day after Minnesota health officials launched a new flu phone line for people who think they might be sick.4:46 p.m.
Minneapolis officials spread the word on ranked-choice voting Minneapolis elections officials are trying to get residents ready for the new ranked-choice voting system they'll see on Election Day next month. They've been holding public meetings, but so far only a handful of people have shown up.5:21 p.m.
Accidents Of History Created U.S. Health System
Since the 1960s, Americans have looked at employer-based health insurance as though it were the natural order of things. But economic historians say there was never any central logic at work in building that system.
An Indian Reservation As Economic Engine?
Despite the recession, the Salt River reservation near Phoenix is booming. It's partly from stimulus money, but the reservation is also drawing investors looking to make a quick return. The Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has parlayed casino revenue into a diverse and dynamic economy.
Panel: NASA Should Skip Moon
An independent panel convened by the White House says NASA's plan to revisit the moon is the wrong mission with the wrong rocket. The panel's chair, Norman Augustine, said a NASA mission to a nearby asteroid or one of the moons of Mars could be done sooner than returning to the moon in 15 years as NASA has outlined. Michele Norris Nell Greenfieldboyce
More Colleges Turn To Uncle Sam For Student Loans
If President Obama's plan to change the student loan system passes the Senate, college students will get loans directly from the federal government instead of private lenders. More than 500 colleges have already made the switch in the past year. Consumer banks aren't happy about it.
Some Parents Wary Of 'Wimpy Kid' Series
Not everybody is enthusiastic about the Wimpy Kid series. Some parents feel uneasy about their children identifying with a main character who is at times selfish and lazy, and whose hijinks often land him in trouble. Tanya Turek, a mother of three who works in the children's department of a Barnes and Noble, has blogged about the series.
Cash For Seniors Proposal Touches Off Dispute
A White House proposal to give every Social Security recipient a check for $250 next year has provoked a debate over whether seniors really should be given the extra help. Critics say the proposal will just run up the deficit, while others say seniors need help to counter things like rising health care costs.
With First Store, Microsoft Connects With Consumers
Microsoft opened Thursday its first retail store, which is located in a Scottsdale, Ariz., shopping mall. Mika Krammer, lead merchandiser for the Microsoft Retail Group, says the stores are about Microsoft connecting with its consumers, and selling its products such as Windows.
Headphones Can Disrupt Implanted Heart Devices
Three years ago, a 17-year-old reported that an iPod can disrupt a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator. It turns out he's nearly right: It's the headphones that can cause the devices to malfunction.
Treasury, Fed Outline Rules To Limit Exec Pay
The Treasury and Federal Reserve both announced new rules Thursday that seek to curb soaring pay at U.S. financial institutions. U.S. pay czar Kenneth Feignberg laid out the details of his plan to slash pay for top executives at seven firms that received government bailout money. The Fed intends to reduce "systemic risk" by monitoring compensation practices for the first time.